AN ARRAY OF RECIPES AND TIPS
"IN THE STYLE OF" GRAHAM
MANGO WITH VANILLA BEAN SYRUP
I did it...I finally bought a (as in one) vanilla bean for $8! I have been eyeing this bean in a little glass jar for quite a while now...in fact, every time I went to the store I would stop and look at it. I always felt like I could never justify the expense but then I found a recipe and decided to go for it. I was so excited when I got home. I took it out of the jar and examined my little bean...it smelled heavenly...almost like licorice and cherry tobacco.
Here it is!
For future reference I found vanilla beans through Amazon for a way better deal....here.
Mango with Vanilla Bean Syrup
Inspired by a recipe from Donna Hay Magazine, Issue #48
1 mango, peeled
1/4 vanilla bean
In a small sauce pan, add the sugar and water.
Cut off a 2-inch piece of the vanilla bean and cut in half vertically.
Scrape the seeds out of both sides and add to the sugar and water.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat and reduce to a low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Using a paring knife peel the mango. Take a vegetable peeler and cut nice long strips of mango.
Arrange on a plate. Pour the syrup over the mango and serve immediately.
You could also try with other fruits...in the magazine they used papaya but really any soft fruit would work great.